Graphic 2: Nonunion Compensation vs. Michigan Prevailing Wage 2005* (Metropolitan Area/COUNTY)

PAS Craft Categories Nonunion Total Compensation Prevailing Wage Percentage Difference Wage and Hour Division Categories
Detroit/Wayne        
Block/Stone Masons $30.66 $44.26 44.4 Same
Bricklayers $33.05 $44.26 33.9 Same
Carpenters $23.45 $40.24 71.6 Carpenter/Piledriver
Cement Masons $28.09 $38.42 36.8 Same
Electricians $30.83 $46.88 52.1 Inside Wireman
Roofers $25.42 $43.36 70.6 Same
Welders $24.54 $35.53 44.8 Compressor/Welder Operator
Laborers $19.60 $31.54 60.9 Class I/Underground
Grand Rapids/Kent        
Carpenters $22.36 $31.15 39.3 Carpenter/Piledriver
Cement Masons $22.52 $29.65 31.6 Same
Electricians $27.63 $35.49 28.4 Inside Wireman
Structural Ironworkers $23.67 $33.74 42.5 Same
Metal Bldg. Mechanic $20.13 $33.18 64.8 Pre-engineered Metal Work
Painters $18.89 $29.09 54.0 Same
Pipefitters $25.20 $40.68 61.4 Plumber and Pipefitter
Sheet Metal Workers $22.65 $34.62 52.8 Same
Sprinkler Fitters $25.12 $40.36 60.7 Same
Welders $23.17 $32.70 41.1 Class F Operating Engineer
Laborers $15.77 $24.68 56.5 Class A Laborer
Saginaw/Saginaw        
Carpenters $17.65 $35.25 99.7 Carpenter/Piledriver
Cement Masons $18.86 $33.19 75.9 Same
Electricians $26.15 $39.23 50.0 Inside Wireman
Pipefitters $22.81 $42.77 87.5 Plumber and Pipefitter
Sheet Metal Workers $21.68 $36.93 70.3 Same
Laborers $11.68 $27.17 132.7 Class A Laborer
Average     58.6  

Nonunion total compensation calculated from PAS Inc. wage and fringe benefit data in PAS’ “Merit Shop Special Reports.” Prevailing wage data taken from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Wage and Hour Division.


* The state prevailing wage figures are provided by county, and the PAS Inc. nonunion compensation figures are provided by metropolitan area.